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Rendering Tallow

He bequeythed to his dowtyr Bell Hys talow, his gres, now euerydell With pyrdowy. Tallow is rendered beef or mutton fat and makes a fairly good leather dressing. It is referenced in the Lystyne Lordys Verament, from which the verse above is taken. It is also used for making candles …

The Care and Feeding of Shoes

While I’m still working up content relating to the actual construction of period shoes I thought I’d touch on the subject of looking after them. To some extent these instructions apply to other types of leather goods as well. This all applies more to vegetable-tanned leather than to chrome-tanned leather …